Program Details

Projects: Boudnib is surrounded by a number of ksars, or small villages. Planned projects may include constructing a tire playground, planting trees, aiding in the reconstruction of homes that have fallen due to heavy rains and flooding, painting schools
Rabat, Morocco
Program Type:
Study Abroad
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Program Overview

Program Description:
Where: Boudnib, Morocco When: August 7-22, 2015 Who we are: Sahara Service Organization is a low-cost volunteer program focused on providing American students with the opportunity to volunteer in REAL Morocco. SSO was founded through discussions between a Peace Corps Volunteer and members of the community in which she serves. The rich culture of this region with its unique combination of Berber and Arab cultures, majestic desert scenery and verdant oases, and the incredible kindness and generosity of its inhabitants merits sharing with others. Far from the extravagant concerts and shopping malls of Rabat and Casablanca, the Tafilalt region is one of the poorest and least-developed in Morocco and that is where SSO comes into play. We provide volunteers with the opportunity to live and learn from the distinct and vibrant culture of this region while giving back through a variety of service projects which will leave a lasting impact on both the community and the volunteer.

Projects: Boudnib is surrounded by a number of ksars, or small villages. Planned projects may include constructing a tire playground, planting trees, aiding in the reconstruction of homes that have fallen due to heavy rains and flooding, painting schools and public area clean-up in addition to constructing and installing public trashcans where there currently are none. Volunteers will help with prepared projects and then have the opportunity to work together to actively plan and implement a unique volunteer project of their own. Volunteers will use their individual skills and passions to organize and implement a day camp for youth in nearby ksar which will occur the last two days of their time in Boudnib. Activities could include art, sports, games and relays, American culture, music, health education, or any number of possibilities. Sahara Service Organization aims to equip our volunteers with practical skills and experience that will aid and prepare them to assume leadership roles and actively pursue positive change in their home communities. Cultural Activities: Cultural exchange and learning form the second pillar of the mission of SSO. Crash-course language lessons in the local dialect as well as Moroccan history and culture will be taught most afternoons by our able staff. Volunteers will experience the best the region has to offer including options of Moroccan cooking lessons, a henna party and trip to the hammam (you have never felt so clean!), Moroccan dancing lessons, beautiful hikes and nomad picnics where volunteers can drink Moroccan whiskey (tea) and feast on fresh, all-natural Berber pizza cooked to perfection in a mud oven or in the ashes of a campfire. Included in the price is a trip to the nearby Merzouga, home of the famous Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Volunteers will have the opportunity to go sandboarding, cruise the dunes in a 4×4, ride camels into the sunset and sleep under the stars to the tranquil tunes of Berber music.

Gain valuable volunteer and leadership experience while building your resume. Make a difference for a community in need and enjoy a summer you will never forget. This program is low-cost and provides a great add-on for study abroad students or a wonderful stand-alone immersion experience. For the many students who study abroad in Morocco or Europe in the summer, our meeting place in Marrakesh is just a quick, inexpensive flight or bus ride away.
Setting Description:
The capable staff of SSO are dedicated to the safety and comfort of our volunteers. Each host family, activity location, and volunteer project has been carefully selected and evaluated to ensure the security and well-being of our volunteers. Volunteers will be placed with another volunteer of the same gender with carefully selected host families and are guaranteed a private room. We encourage volunteers to stay with host families to enable better cultural immersion and understanding on the part of volunteers as well as a means to further assist the local community as one hundred percent of the volunteer cost for room and board is thereby recycled back into the community. However, if a volunteer indicates in their application that they are uncomfortable with staying with a host family, SSO will work with the volunteer to make other arrangements. When in site, volunteers and staff will eat lunches and some dinners as a group on a rotating basis with volunteer host-families. Breakfa
Program Cost: $ 975.00 (before June 1st. After June 1st the program cost increases to $1175). Program Cost Includes: All program and registration fees, cultural activities, airport pickup and drop-off, all transportation costs, hotels in Marrakesh, all room, board, and meals in site, and weekend excursion to Merzouga including hotels and camel trek. Volunteer Expenses: Transportation to and from Morocco, international health insurance, lunch on excursion days, and meals on travel days to and

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